The board will work closely with Residency Directors Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Jorge Matuk, as well as GTEF Director, Tiffany Yates, to continue the proud tradition of the Greater Texas Education Foundation.
As a Board, our goal is to identify young, well-trained, energetic podiatrists from the Houston area and from around the country, as well as other business and civic leaders, that would be interested in volunteering their time and passion as future GTEF board members. So please help us as we move the Greater Texas Education Foundation forward for the next 25 years.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Greater Texas Education Foundation Board or HCA Houston Healthcare, West / Kingwood Residency Programs, please email Tiffany Yates at email@example.com.
PRESIDENT OF GREATER TEXAS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The New President of the Greater Texas Education Foundation is Dr. Mark Hofbauer. Dr. Hofbauer has been on the board of directors of the Greater Texas Education Foundation since its inception in the 1990s. He currently is director of the West Virginia University Medicine Wheeling Hospital Advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgical Fellowship program. Dr. Hofbauer has been a foot and ankle surgeon for over 30 years and has spent his entire career teaching residents and fellows, lecturing nationally and internationally, and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has been active with multiple foundations, including the Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and the Greater Pennsylvania Education Foundation. He has served on the board of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has been a yearly participant at the annual Scientific seminar of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Hofbauer has been committed to professional activities and endeavors, always working to advance the science of foot and ankle surgery. Twenty-five years of experience on the Greater Texas Education Foundation board and countless hours of serving the profession will undoubtedly help Dr. Hofbauer serve the board well. In addition, he will be overseeing day-to-day operations and chairing GTEF’S yearly travel CME programs.
The Secretary of the Greater Texas Education Foundation is Dr. Stan Churchwell. As most of you well know, Dr. Churchwell is a podiatrist and an attorney. He has spent 24 years practicing at Southwest Podiatry LLC in Dallas, Texas, and is an alumnus of the Harris County Residency program in Houston, Texas. He has also been a board member of the Greater Texas Education Foundation since its inception. For the past 12 years, Stan has been a partner in Churchwell and Merlo PLLC, practicing law. Dr. Churchwell is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is the past president of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. Stan has spent his entire medical and legal career volunteering much of his time to the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation and Greater Texas Education Foundation. Stan has been a major contributor to the GTEF travel meetings and has been voluntary legal counsel to the Greater Texas Education Foundation for the last 12 years. Stan’s continued contribution to the board will be invaluable.
VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER
Dr. Tim Abigail is the newest Greater Texas Education Foundation board member. Tim will serve as Vice President and Treasurer of the board and is originally from upstate New York. He has been practicing in the Dallas area for over 30 years and has just recently sold his practice. Tim spent his entire career supporting the profession, The Greater Texas Education Foundation, the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He spent years working alongside Dr. Mendicino on the state level to guarantee equal opportunity for all podiatrists in the State of Texas. He has served as faculty for the Greater Texas Education Foundation for visiting residents and has also been a major contributor to the GTEF travel meetings. Dr. Abigail is the perfect fit for the Greater Texas Education Foundation. He has the time, desire, and experience to move into this role as Vice President and Treasurer. Tim will also be participating and contributing to the resident’s education.